Community planting at Diamond Lake

Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust is a Wānaka community-based native plant nursery that specialises in propagating plants of local origin (Upper Clutha region) and uses these plants for localised native habitat restoration. We work with local community groups, schools, organisations & businesses in the effort to promote hands-on community land care. 

Our mission is to inspire community native habitat through propagation, education and hands-on participation.


Nursery Sessions - Nursery volunteer days are open to all members of the public and are held every Tuesday & Wednesday from 9am-12pm (Spring/Summer) and 1pm-4pm (Autumn/Winter). These volunteer sessions teach propagation/cultivation techniques, leading on to planting and nurturing of the young plants in the wild and are guided by our Nursery Manager. We provide Venus coffee, tea and snacks for all our volunteers and you also get the chance to soak in the views on our deck.


Planting Projects - Each year, we identify and undertake habitat restoration projects to create islands of new native bush and enrich existing areas to provide precious habitat for our local wildlife. Work at these planting projects takes the form of maintenance days (watering and weeding) and planting days (putting the plants into the ground). Project days are on Saturdays with maintenance during the summer and planting between May and October. Dates are advertised in the calendar below, on our Facebook page, and in the Wanaka Messenger.



As of the 8th of September, our nursery and planting sessions

will resume, following the rules of alert level 2

If you have queries contact us,

Nursery Sessions

Every Tuesday & Wednesday


October 1 - March 31: 9am - 12

April 1 - September 30: 1pm - 4pm

Nursery sessions are canceled on rainy days.

Please note the changes in the way the nursery sessions will be run under alert level 2:

  • Nursery sessions will be limited to 10 volunteers

  • Registration is required before attending a nursery session.  You can register via email or via our Facebook page. You can only attend the nursery if you have received a confirmation from us.

  • Scan the QR code or register upon arrival

  • Stay away if you are unwell, or have been unwell in the 48 hours before hand

  • Bring your own gloves, face mask if you would like to wear one, drinking vessel and food

  • Leave your pack, etc in the designated storage area and use the hand sanitizer available

  • Maintain physical distancing, keeping 2+ metres between yourself and others

  • Advise us if you become unwell and have attended a session

  • Help us protect the community and yourself by following our new practices

  • Please, understand that we respect your decision to stay away if you feel at risk and we will welcome you back when you return

  • Wash your hands. We have 2 hand washing stations

  • We may cancel a nursery session at short notice, we will advise you by email and Facebook (and please remember that nursery sessions are generally canceled on rainy days)

Access to the nursery is through the QEII Reserve, either through the gate or over the nursery stile.

You will find some directions here to come to the nursery.

Planting sessions

The planting season is now finished. 5,522 eco-sourced native plants were planted by the community in the Upper Clutha basin. Thank you to everyone who helped and supported this great work!

Maintenance sessions

Now that we have planted thousands of native plants, we need to make sure they are going to thrive!

We are partnersing with Bikevember and organising a couple of maintenance sessions.

Ride your bike to the Albert Town reserve on the 7th November from 10am to 12pm and/or to the Millennium track (we'll start at Weka Block at 10am and finish at around 12pm) on the 21st November and help us water, weed, check rabbit cages, etc.

Planting is only part of the work!

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM was held on the 14th April 2021 at 4.30pm.

The 2020 financial statements are available here, and here is the annual report.

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